The Irish Aesthete

The Irish Aesthete: Ten Years in the Making will mark ten years of Robert’s influential blog, The Irish Aesthete, and the exhibition will run for the month of December at the Irish Architectural Archives, 45 Merrion Square East, Dublin 2. Admission is free.

Robert is best known for his specialist interest in historic houses and gardens in Ireland and the exhibition comprises a selection of his photographs that have been illustrating his blog and social media channels for the past decade. and on Instagram: @theirishaesthete

Importantly, Robert is donating all his photographs to the Archive which now number up to 50,000 images which will then be digitally archived and available in one place for ever more. He has photographed every house of importance or interest in the country, North and South, both ruined and preserved, so this donation should prove to be a huge resource in years to come.

Having never owned a camera, from the beginning Robert used his mobile phone, teaching himself how to make good pictures to hold the attention of viewers. Since then, his photographs have received widespread acclaim and appeared on book covers, in magazine and newspaper articles and on many other sites. In 2019 a book featuring some of his pictures – The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland – was published in Britain and the United States.

Airfield Estate Gardens

Ardan Garden

Ballintubbert Gardens and House

Ballycommane Garden

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Belvedere House Gardens & Park

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Garden

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Collon House

Coolaught Walled Garden

Coolwater Garden

Dawros Gallery & Garden

Dower House

Festina Lente

Fota House – Victorian Working Garden

Gash Gardens

Glenavon Japanese Garden

Hester Forde Garden – ‘Coosheen Garden’

Hunting Brook Gardens

Irish National Stud and Gardens – The Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra’s Garden

Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum and Gardens

June Blake’s Garden

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Kilgar Gardens

Killruddery House and Gardens

Killyreagh Garden

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens

Kilravock Garden

Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Oakfield Park

Old Deanery Garden

Patthana Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Rowallane Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Seanabea Cottage


Strokestown Park Gardens

Tourin House & Gardens

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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